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We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think is an evolving roadmap to the best thinking on the planet — the ideas that can help you think flexibly and act decisively in a multivariate world.

A word about Big Ideas and Themes — The architecture of Big Think

Big ideas are lenses for envisioning the future. Every article and video on bigthink.com and on our learning platforms is based on an emerging “big idea” that is significant, widely relevant, and actionable. We’re sifting the noise for the questions and insights that have the power to change all of our lives, for decades to come. For example, reverse-engineering is a big idea in that the concept is increasingly useful across multiple disciplines, from education to nanotechnology.

Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

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Let Me Be Clear...The Great Challenge of Leadership

April 26, 2013, 1:00 PM

Creating clarity with a large, diverse team is one of the huge challenges that any leader is faced with.  And what I was coached and how I was advised and what I finally fully accepted is if you want to communicate with the team you first have to connect with them.  They have to want to hear from you and they have to believe that you mean what you say.  And once you connect with them, now you have the potential of communicating effectively with respect to vision, values, strategy, objectives, tactics and how we’re going to work.  

But you first must connect and that's where I think the advent of social media and the advent of the technology platforms that are available enables connecting with 180,000 people in 153 different countries in ways when before that just simply was only something you could dream of. But today, you can actually do that with the electronic platforms available.  

So once you connect, you then have the potential of communicating and now clarity becomes not just simply an ambition, it becomes an objective you can accomplish and people can understand the strategy of the enterprise and their role in executing it, which is essential for an organization to have that kind of clarity if you want “as one” behavior from that organization.

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